Stitch Tip #6: Combine the Fly and French Knot Stitches

I had a little balance problem when making this house for the Painting the Town project in Playful Free-Form Embroidery.

Here’s what I mean. See the roof tiles on the house? The tiles are made with stacked rows of fly stitches that slowly decrease in number up to the peak of the house.

I had intended to stop working on the roof there. But the house design looks out of balance. The roof looks lightweight and unfinished. It needs more texture or weight to compete with the solid mass of thread that makes up the base of the house.

Today’s Stitch Tip: Fill the Fly with French Knots

What’s the solution? Why the French knot of course! Using a variegated thread, Lettuce in size 8, I’ve filled in the shapes of the fly-stitched tiles with French knots to give a festive texture to the rooftop.

By giving the roof tiles more prominence I was able to counter the weight of that solid blue of the house. Top the roof off with a sprouting flower and balance is achieved.